Re: RE: Technical Writer Certification

Subject: Re: RE: Technical Writer Certification
From: Brian Bertrand <bertran -dot- de -dot- st -dot- jean -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 17:05:35 -0400

Thanks for the information, honestly for me online is the best option
because of commute and time issues. So at present there isnt any
'certification' like what PMI does for PMPs, only certificate programs from
colleges that can be used to indicate some manner of technical proficiency,
probably most useful for folks like me who are career switchers.

Thankfully I have a steady job at present (as steady as federal contracting
ever is) and I honestly have found that my listening, planning, and critical
thinking skills have served me in better stead than any discrete knowledge
of a given piece of software or process, which I can learn on the go if need
be. Most people use the MS Office suite for their document generation, at
least in government, so thats easy to manage. As far as writing ability,
when I had my first interview for a tech writer job as a career switcher
from public school teaching, after looking at my samples they asked me where
I learned to write so well. After a moment I replied that I was trying to
find a polite way to say that I paid attention in school, as the only formal
writing instruction I have ever received was part of my general liberal arts
education in public school and college.

On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 4:48 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

> IMO, a certificate (as opposed to "certification," which has already
> consumed enough bandwidth without starting another thread) can be an
> enhancement for someone with little or no OTJ experience and few references,
> but not much of one compared to having the experience and a good set of
> references. In the current economy it will not do much when one is in
> competition with more experienced candidates who have both, so I would think
> of it as an investment for better times.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> As someone who does not have a degree in writing, english, etc, I am
> interested in getting a technical writing certification to add to my
> credentials. Thus far, my work and accumulating experience has been
> sufficient, but I cannot help but think that having some form of
> certification would definitely help put a bit more shine on my file.
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